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Not long ago, Nvidia introduced the gaming world to its brand new GPU and the first graphics card to ever be based on the Pascal architecture – the GTX 1080. This amazing device proved that it has the capacity to handle the virtual reality (VR) games pretty well – opposed to its predecessor the GTX Titan X.

Aside from this, the Pascal architecture has shown us a tremendous advancement in terms of efficiency. The GTX 1080 has an amazing graphical ability to bring even the smallest details to life. In a nutshell, the GTX 1080 is known as ‘the game changer’ and the first GPU that recreates the purpose of a computer and transforms it to a gaming platform.

Today, we are reviewing the capabilities, specifications and quality of the leading GPU powered by the Pascal architecture, the GTX 1080 Founders Edition by Gigabyte, tested on games with DirectX 11 and DirectX 12.

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GTX 1080 Gigabyte Founders Edition: Specifications

Before going in-depth with the details, let us run over the specs:

  • Graphics Processing: GeForce GTX 1080;
  • Core Clock: BOOST 1733 MHz /BASE 1607 MHz;
  • Memory Clock: 10,000 MHz;
  • Process Technology: 16 nm;
  • Memory Size: 8 G;B
  • Memory Bus: 256 bit;
  • Card Bus: PCI-E 3.0 x 16;
  • Memory Type: GDDR5X;
  • DirectX: 12;
  • OpenGL: 4.5;
  • PCB Form: ATX;
  • Digital max resolution: 7680×4320@60Hz;
  • Multi-view: 4;
  • I/O: Dual-link DVI-D x1, DP1.4 x3, HDMI 2.0b x1;
  • Card size: H=42 L=266.7 W=111.1 mm;

GTX 1080 Packaging

The black luxury design is a true privilege when it comes to the most powerful GPU of nowadays – the Gigabyte. Featuring a minimalist design and an accent put to the mechanic eye that symbolizes power, the box features a short specifications box in the back along with the capabilities of the GPU explained briefly. Aside from the graphics card, the package features a software CD as well – but doesn’t feature any cables or adapters.

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The Design

Although they say that the design of the GTX 1080 is ‘revolutionary’ – it isn’t any different from its predecessor. The grey matte industrial design with black finishes and a transparent part which leaves nothing to the imagination is how the engineers designed the GTX 1080. The vent is put in the back part which is well designed and inserted in the graphics card – and the entire back side features a metal case on which the logo is engraved.

There are five ports including one HDMI 2.0b, a fully digital DVI-D and three DP 1.4 video ports. The good thing is that you can link up to 4 video ports in the same time with a maximum resolution of up to 7680 x 4320 @ 60Hz.



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Performance

Let’s face it – the GTX 1080 is a premium graphics card. Therefore, the performance is the real focal point for many, aside from the design and packaging. That is why we are covering the performances step by step.

First and foremost, the GTX 1080 is using a 16 nanometer technology to its processors which means that the frequency effectiveness is set on next-level. Speaking of, the graphics processor packs 1,7 or 1,8 Ghz power – which is a real benefit to the gaming enthusiasts who are in need of overclocking. Although there are some rumors that Nvidia might roll out a card with 2.0 GHz as well, we will see if they become true.

Another thing worth mentioning is that the GTX 1080 has a high performance rate when it comes to the Micron GDDR5X memory – with a rate of up to 10 GHz. Nvidia has shown us that they believe in VR games and there must be support for them – which is why the GTX 1080 is so greatly optimized to ensure a 100 frame-per-second (fps) experience in 4K on any game or test.

Along with the DX12 support, we can certainly say that the GTX 1080 is the best graphics card available on the market at the moment.

Some users have been testing the GTX 1080 to prove that it lives up to the expectations when put to practice. On a configuration like this:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4,5 GHz;
  • Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 (dual-fan NF-A15 PWM, 140 mm, 1300 rot./min.);
  • Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-X99P-SLI;
  • RAM Memory: DDR3-2400, 2x 8GB;
  • SSD: Samsung 850 PRO 512GB;
  • Psu: Corsair HX850i, 850 W;
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro x64.

So, on a configuration like this, featuring original NVIDIA GeForce 368,25 drivers and in average room temperature of 28 Celsius (82.4 Fahrenheit) – some of the games and programs to which the testing was made included Heaven 4.0, 3DMark 11, DiRT Rally, Grand Theft Auto 5, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Far Cry Primal, Batman: Arkham Knight, DOOM, Fallout 4.

This are the results from the testing:

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There wasn’t any increase in temperature while testing the super fast GTX 1080. The machine kept its cool at 94 Celsius which is not bad at all for a configuration like that operating with so much programs and games. When not in use, the graphics card had a temperature of 38 to 39 Celsius – and an interesting fact is that even though there were some games played with DirectX 11 and 12, there was no difference in temperature with them as well.

On the other hand, the GTX 1080 ‘wasted’ 180W of electrical energy – which is another proof that the Gigabyte technology is on-point with its written specifications.

Game Testing: Results

If you are wondering how the GTX 1080 scores with particular games, there have been some of the most popular titles reviewed on it. Here is the minimum 4K FPS (frame per second) analysis compared to the GTX 1070 model.

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On average, the GTX 1080 runs this much frames per seconds (fps) compared to the GTX 1070:

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Conclusion

In the end, we can definitely conclude that the GTX 1080 is by far the best graphics card to ever be invented. It is 20%-30% faster than the GTX 980 Ti, performs amazingly well on 4K and runs games seamlessly well.

Aside from that, the GTX 1080 is ultra-efficient, and when it comes to noise and temperature – can find its place between the GTX 980 Ti and the Radeon R9 Fury X. However, this is normal due to its amazing capacity, amazingly great VR performances and next-level efficiency.

So, if you have a set of VR games waiting on your desk or want to upgrade your graphics card, now is definitely the time to do it.

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